Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 315–318

Porcine dermal collagen (Permacol®) for chest and abdominal wall reconstruction in thoraco-omphalopagus conjoined twin separation

  • Jonathan Saul Karpelowsky
  • Alastair J. W. Millar
Technical Innovation

DOI: 10.1007/s00383-009-2501-0

Cite this article as:
Karpelowsky, J.S. & Millar, A.J.W. Pediatr Surg Int (2010) 26: 315. doi:10.1007/s00383-009-2501-0


Each set of conjoined twins presents a unique challenge, which centers on the ability to separate and if necessary reconstruct shared organs and to achieve subsequent skin cover of the often very large residual defect after completion of the separation. This report describes the use of a bioprosthetic Permacol® derived from porcine dermal collagen to reconstruct the chest and abdominal wall.


Conjoined twins Thoracopagus twins Permacol Porcine dermal collagen Chest wall reconstruction Abdominal wall reconstruction 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Saul Karpelowsky
    • 1
  • Alastair J. W. Millar
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Pediatric Surgery, School of Child and Adolescent Health, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s HospitalUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

Personalised recommendations